Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy - Did You Know?
Do you have any Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy Questions? Here you'll find the answers
So do many people! Jersey cows used to be the most common breed in Australia back in the days of CREAM, before refrigeration. Their volume of milk was lower, but the higher fat content of their milk made it easier to make cream and butter. Our family used to milk jersey cows until the 1960s, when we moved to milking Holsteins as they produce larger quantities of milk.
Why are Holsteins the best dairy cows?
Today, Holsteins are the most dominant dairy breed – both here in Australia and overseas. They are widely recognised as being the most efficient converters of feed into milk and they have a lovely, placid nature! Their milk also contains a higher proportion of protein to fat.
We only offer full cream milk - Why you might ask?
We realise low fat milk is popular - how many times do you hear people ordering a 'skinny flat white please'! We understand that after many years of conditioning, some people's taste-buds have become accustomed to the reduced flavour of low fat milk...while being mislead about its health properties! We've got to say through - we much prefer full fat milk. The taste, the health benefits, the fact there's only on average 4% fat anyway in full cream milk! Did you know what when you remove the fat from the milk, you’re also removing a lot of the enzymes and probiotic components that make up most of the nutrition value of milk?
Plus, have you tasted the difference between a ‘skinny’ flat white and one made with full cream milk? Exactly!
Another interesting fact....cows produce milk with different protein and fat solids...some with 5% fat, others with 3% fat.
Nevertheless, as our business evolves, new products will be introduced...so cream and butter are definitely on our radar. Watch this space :)
Many people think dairy cows just chew on grass all day long. They do graze...but that’s only part of their diet! We feed our cows a premium feed mix of grain, silage and hay. When our cows decide they want to be milked, this premium food mix is placed in the robots, and the cows absolutely love it!
Our cows enjoy the luxury of the compost barn during the heat of the day, where they can sit comfortably and where food is available for them too. Then they move to the paddocks, normally between lunchtime and sunrise the following day to graze and relax.
They eat well our cows!
Our cows have a pretty good life. They get to choose when they’re milked – with standard milking systems, the cows are herded in together at the one time to be milked, even if they’re not ‘ready’ or in the mood! With our robotic milking system, the cows actually go in of their own accord! They know they’ll get the best feed there, get milked, and then have a wonderful back scratch on the way out.
Apart from that, they move to the compost barn, where there’s more food, they get to rest, then they move out into the fields to graze on lush pastures. Not a bad life we think!
How do you look after your cows and keep them healthy and happy?
Keeping our cows comfortable, happy and healthy is central to everything we do on the dairy. We give them optimum feed mix for starters and constantly look after our grazing pastures. There are huge health benefits to the robotic milking system, because while the cow is in the robot being milked, a whole range of health issues are monitored. The robot takes the temperature of the cow, can establish very early on when the cow is pregnant, the cow is weighed every day and monitored for conditions like mastitis. It allows us to provide treatment very early on to cows who need it.
What’s so great about the Compost barn your cows sleep in?
For part of every day, our cows enter the compost barn, where they get to relax. The compost barn offers protection from the heat and the rain, and the compost provides the cows a clean, dry, comfortable place to rest... and out of the mud!
I’ve heard a lot of the major milk processors in Australia are owned by overseas companies. Is this true?
Yes. Sadly, a lot of the milk on our shelves is processed by companies owned by large overseas multinationals.
Are you an Australian company?
Yes, 100%. We are fourth generation dairy farmers who have always lived and worked on our dairy.
What do the cows think about being milked by robots?
Actually, while we can’t ask them directly, they seem to really like it! It’s actually less stressful for the cow, because instead of being herded in to be milked as a group at a time when they’re not ready, they choose when they are milked.
Most of the time, our cows are free to roam around the lush pastures of the dairy, but when they want a feed of the particularly yummy and nutritious feed in the robots, they come over of their own accord. We find it works really well, our cows aren’t stressed at all, it’s less taxing on the cows’ udders, and they get a lovely scratch afterwards!
What is pasteurisation and homogenisation?
Heats the milk to a particular temperature, then the milk is removed and immediately cooled. This process slows microbial growth and allows the milk to be shipped and stored over a period of 2 – 3 weeks. We believe the benefits of raw milk far outweigh any risks, but sadly our laws don't allow it. Australia is one of only 3 developed countries in the world where raw milk is illegal – Scotland and Canada are the other two.
Is a process in which the milk is passed through a filter a high speeds, breaking up the fat molecules and dispersing them through the milk. Basically, it removes the layer of cream that forms naturally on the top of the milk (so you don’t have to shake the bottle!) and with it, a lot of the great nutrients found in milk. We actually like the cream on the top of the bottle...and the health benefits. That's why we don't homogenised our milk - the less processing, the better.
Our goal is to offer our fresh milk as pasteurised only (no homogenisation). We believe passionately in bottling milk as close as possible to how it was produced. Homogenisation does serious damage to milk – so let’s leave the cream on top. It’s much better for you, the milk is not damaged, and the taste is unbelievable. Try it today!
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